Predictably a lot of nonsense has been printed in the media this week as the All Blacks and Wallabies square up for the third Bledisloe Cup game at Eden Park tomorrow.
It is actually a dead rubber since New Zealand won the first two games with something to spare, however because the record for unbeaten number of games is at stake the game has significant interest and the stadium is a sell- out. Tickets are apparently available through scalpers for three or four times face value – entrepreneurship not being dead in Auckland even for a historic game like this.
Michael Chieka didn’t announce his team until today – and then selected the backline that Steve Hansen had predicted he would.
The Wallabies have made four changes from the game at Twickenham a fortnight ago – Quade Cooper dropping to the bench with Bernard Foley moving inside to 10 is the most noteworthy –
The big question for me is not who will win but how many the All Blacks will stick on them – the first two games ended 42-8 and 29-9 (to the ABs, obviously).
Australia losing streak at Eden Park is 16 and the All Blacks haven’t lost there to anybody since 1994.
In a two horse race it is always possible that there might just be an upset – unless one is a donkey!
On Saturday the winning streak will be 18, the losing one 17 and Nigel Owens will get number 74
The All Blacks by 26 (or more)